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Comedian Lange avoids jail time despite positive drug test

A judge has spared comedian Artie Lange jail time even though he tested positive for cocaine and amphetamine.

Despite the positive test Friday in Newark, the judge ordered Lange’s attorney to apply to have his client admitted to drug court.

If Lange is denied acceptance into drug court, he could end up in jail. 

Lange, who was in court Friday for a probation violation, appeared with what looked like a collapsed septum.

Chronic use of cocaine can caused the septum – the wall of cartilage and bone that separates your two nostrils – to become misaligned.

The Hoboken resident was ordered to serve four years’ probation in June after he pleaded guilty to heroin possession stemming from a 2017 traffic stop. reports Lange told the judge Friday that heroin is out of his life.

The 51-year-old is a cast member in the HBO series Crashing. 

He also performed on the Fox sketch comedy series Mad TV and spent nearly a decade as a co-host on The Howard Stern Show.

Artie Lange, 51, is a cast member in the HBO series Crashing. He also performed on the Fox sketch comedy series Mad TV and spent nearly a decade as a co-host on The Howard Stern Show. He is seen above in February 2017

Lange’s lawyer, Frank Arleo, said the comedia tested positive for cocaine, amphetamine, benzodiazepines and Suboxone. 

Arleo told the judge that Lange had prescriptions for benzos and amphetamine, according to NJ Advance Media.

Suboxone is used to treat opioid addiction. 

Prosecutors argued that if Lange tested positive for cocaine, he would have had to have used it sometime within the last two days.

‘I wouldn’t be arrogant enough to come in here after using cocaine for two days,’ Lange told the judge.

‘It’s in my system and it shouldn’t be.’

In the ’90s, Artie starred in the comedy sketch series MADtv but left after being arrested for alleged cocaine abuse.

Quincy Jones, who was a producer of the show, tried to support Lange in his recovery.

A number of other friends in show business also offered their support.

Judd Apatow, the producer of Crashing, pledged his support for Lange last year on Twitter after he was arrested for drug possession.

Others who chimed in with well-wishes for Lange included fellow comic Norm Macdonald, who took to Twitter to express his concern for his longtime friend, who he shared the screen with in the 1998 film Dirty Work, as well as ABC’s The Norm Show.

‘I want you to know @artiequitter that I was heartbroken by the [news] this morning and am praying for you,’ the Canadian comic, 57, tweeted.

The comedian and author has been open about his drug issues and in 2010 was hospitalized with an eight month stay in a psychiatric ward after attempting to commit suicide.

In 2013 he released his second book titled Crash and Burn about his ‘descent into drug addiction, life-threatening depression, and ultimately, his recovery’.

After his arrest in Hoboken last year, the unabashed comic took to Twitter to address his fans, saying he was ‘doing great’ and has ‘never wanted to live more.’

He added: ‘I wish I could tell u how my story ends. I hope it’s being old & smiling cuz of unique memories. But I’m such a flawed person guys. Tryin!’

Lange’s former boss of eight years, Stern, has not commented on the comic’s troubles.

Lange told last year that he and the King of All Media were no longer on speaking terms, in the wake of Lange’s 2009 departure from the show amid a previous drug crisis that manifested into a suicide attempt; as well as his criticism of Stern’s on-air product in recent years.

‘Like any other friendship, they ebb and flow, but right now it’s a big ebb. Howard doesn’t talk to me,’ he told the outlet. 

‘I became a full-blown junkie, and when you do that, after helping me and trying to help me immensely, they tell you in rehab, you might lose some relationships that you cherish, and Howard is one of them.’